The horse was deshod and not adequately managed, just left to cope with his lameness as best he could and it sounds like you have little knowledge of hooves & their health & function. Whether or not the 'BO'(body odour??
) put the horse where you wanted it or not, you are still responsible for it's care & wellbeing.
Not trying to defend my ignorance or poor horse care that you have implied, and which I think is unfounded and high handed....BUT despite arguing with the BO repeatedly about the conditions of both paddock and indoor arena, he was not inclined to change the conditions to suit us and told us so. Our relationship with said BO went extremely sour due to horses not having water, the barbed wire fencing and the refusal to put our boy on what he called his "summer pasture"....so we left as soon as a space opened up at Epona's farm. BO was so antagonistic and rude after what he saw as our grumblings and unfounded fault finding, we feared for the horse's safety and left without giving him more than a 15 minutes notice and the last month's board to cover the required 30 day termination notice.
So, I am not sure what else you think we should or could have done, but it is not my barn nor my rules....sometimes we boarders have to bide our time and go with the rules of the BO, whether we agree or not, until arrangements can be made to move our horses elsewhere.
That's the reality.
Sorry if you don't like it. Neither do it. But it is what it is.
BTW, my father (who has passed 10 yrs ago last month) was a farrier, so while I am not knowledgeable enough to trim my horses myself, I DO know the importance of and basic hoof workings. But thanks for supposing I dont know my horses' hoof from their knees...lol
I did not ask that this OTTBs shoes be pulled in the dead of winter, in case you missed that part of my post. When he was delivered to us, they were off. Not sure why seller did so without our requesting it..